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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

"Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."

Author Unknown.

A small string cantering up the hill

It’s a bright morning with quite a bit of wind. It is very sheltered in the yard and you get a false impression, but once out on the heath the wind cuts right though you. There is a big moon at the moment at first lot and I am sure that will change to a sun at second. We have had everything out cantering on the hills and it is surprisingly very quiet, horse wise. In fact, I hardly saw another string at all.

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Zenarinda runs in the 2.35 p.m. which is over 1m 2f. She is a course and distance winner and has got a couple of good excuses for her last two runs. The ground was very soft and horrible at Newmarket and the time before that at Yarmouth, her saddle slipped. It looks like there is going to be pace in this race, which will suit, and I can see her performing with credit today. 

My Guardian Angel

I mentioned the Irish prize money and fees yesterday. It was fascinating to see their minimum value was €7,500. Their maidens have gone to €9,000 and even their 0-70 handicaps have gone to €8,500. It makes our paltry prize money, especially at the Arc tracks, pathetic in comparison. If Ireland can do it why can’t we? They have also got plenty of new initiatives to encourage new owners, and this is another thing we should be looking into. One of the problems in Ireland now, is the dominance of only a very few owners and trainers. This is making it very hard for fields to be competitive, or for anyone else to get a look in at the prize money. We think in England we are better, but I am not sure that is the case, as the majority of the prize money still goes to a certain few. It is the bottom and the middle prize money that needs increasing. If this was the case it would encourage everybody and be a much fairer way.


Astrodiamond leading Topaling

I always love David Ashforth’s grab a grand for Christmas article, where he attempts to win £1,000 for charity by visiting a different track everyday, and trying to glean information from connections. He actually came out with a profit yesterday but has only earned £37.58 on the whole week so far, and has not got long to go now. He would have been better having the whole lot on La Estrella, or Timmy as we know him in Newmarket. He is a brilliant horse on fibresand and has now won 22 times on the all-weather. David is off to Ludlow today, which has been a lucky track for us, even though I have never visited it. It looks a tricky day there and he will do well if he comes out with a profit. My bet would be King Massini to win in the 2.25 p.m. and then put Rydalis in a dual forecast, but what do I know.